Tatting shuttle

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Tatting shuttle by sgcg Jul 30, 2012

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A very simple, hookless tatting shuttle. Shuttle tatting is a technique for handcrafting beautiful laces by means of a small shuttle that holds and guides the thread.


There are two sample STL files:

  • tatting-shuttle-full.stl: a complete tatting shuttle;
  • tatting-shuttle-half.stl: just half a tatting shuttle for easier building.

You can build two halves (tatting-shuttle-half.stl) and then bond or weld them together. I made several out of ABS and solvent-welded them with cement made out of ABS scraps dissolved into acetone.

There are several geometrical parameters that can be changed. The attached drawing shows them; they are expressed in millimeters. You can edit the SCAD file to make a shuttle that suits your needs. In addition to the dimensions, there is a boolean parameter, half_model, which can be set to true in order to build just half a tatting shuttle.

With a little effort, you can give your shuttle a gorgeous look. Use a file to smooth the rough edges and, if you build your shuttle in ABS, try to use an acetone-soaked brush to give it a smooth, glossy, almost-pearly finish.

This thing can be seen as related to http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10182 (a net-making shuttle) and http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6193 (a weaving shuttle).

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This inspired me to try tatting again, I learned about 10 years ago. Thanks! I like shuttles with points, but am not sure how to add them to the OPENScad. I added a metal point to a couple of my printed shuttles - just a piece of sheet metal and a rivet. The added points work well and give a kind of SteamPunk look to the shuttles.

I never seem to overcome the laziness and make a design with a point.

I like your solution with sheet-metal picks!

excellent...my grandmother taught me to tat many many years ago

i wonder if i remember how teehee